Nordstrom Pledges To Reduce Single-Use Plastic By 50% In 5 Years

  • July 22, 2020 at 5:15 PM EDT
  • By Adam Blair
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Nordstrom has laid out ambitious goals for environmental sustainability, human rights and corporate philanthropy in its 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility report. By 2025, the retailer intends to:

  • Produce 90% of Nordstrom Made products in factories that invest in women’s empowerment;
  • Reduce single-use plastic in its value chain by 50%;
  • Take back 100 tons of beauty packaging to ensure it is recycled;
  • Disclose traceability to the factory for 90% of Nordstrom Made products; and
  • Invest more than $50 million in communities where the retailer operates.

“For 119 years, our focus has been on our customers and how we deliver the best possible service to meet their expectations,” wrote Co-Presidents Erik and Pete Nordstrom in the report. “When we think about how we can bring value to our communities, environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and diversity, inclusion and belonging need to be our priorities. That’s why Nordstrom is continuing to work to reduce our impact on the environment, give back to the communities we serve, cultivate safe workplaces for the people who make our products and strive to provide our employees with a great place to work.”

The retailer already has achieved several of its 2020 goals, including:

  • Increasing Nordstrom’s investment in environmental sustainability by launching its Sustainable Style category;
  • Achieving 100% pay equity for employees and taking further steps to empower women in its global supply chain;
  • Surpassing the goal of sourcing 90% of its energy from renewables in deregulated markets where Nordstrom has the flexibility to choose its own energy sources; and
  • Achieving 100% on the Human Right Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the 15th year in a row.

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